Rumours have been rife this week, with various sources linking Rafa Benitez with a return to management, with both AC Milan and Southampton touted as possible destinations. While it is probably just speculation, it does beg the question as to why the former Liverpool, Valencia and Inter Milan manager still finds himself without a job, nearly two years after being sacked by Inter.
The Spaniard has certainly not been short of offers and whenever a top vacancy becomes available he is, more often than not, one of the contenders for the job. Benitez's CV boasts a number of top titles, including a Champions League, UEFA Cup and two La Liga trophies. For a man believed to be desperate for a return to the dugout he has either been very unlucky in his quest to find a "new challenge", or extremely picky. During the summer alone he was linked with a return to former club Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Sampdoria to name a few.
Earlier this week Benitez was being mooted as a possible target for Southampton, who are rock-bottom of the Premier League following four consecutive defeats. Meanwhile on Wednesday fresh reports emerged linking the 52-year-old with the AC Milan job. The current Rossoneri boss, Massimiliano Allegri, has come under pressure following a slow start to the new season, with two defeats from their opening three Serie A games, followed by a dismal goalless draw at home to Anderlecht in the Champions League.
Who knows where the tactical mastermind will turn up next. The talented manager clearly loves the beautiful game and hopefully the "right job" comes around the corner sooner rather than later.